Steve Kerr on Warriors as NBA Finals Favorites: "Are You Kidding Me?"
- Author: Julie Sanders May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 3:34
Whether it's his ability to use the ball like a yo-yo and break opponent's ankles or spin the ball off the glass and (somehow) make it go in the basket at an impossible angle, Uncle Drew has already become not only a household name, but is among the top point guards in the National Basketball Association. (That ratio also holds true going back to last year's Finals, Golden State going 3-0 when scoring 103 or more, 0-4 otherwise.) And the last time that the Warriors shot better than 50 percent and lost was in November - that is, November 2014.
Looking at the chart, compare the amount of shots Irving took last series against the Celtics to the amount he has taken in everything else since the start of the 2015-16 regular season.
Kerr has not yet ruled himself out for Thursday's game one against reigning champions the Cavaliers, saying "it's up in the air".
-3-point defense. Forget Kyrie Irving vs. Curry. Curry's plus-215 in the playoffs thus far is the best since the league has recorded play-by-play data in 1996. The team's feat called for a double celebration, particularly for the 32-year-old National Basketball Association superstar, LeBron James. Even Duncan acknowledged as much, telling LeBron in the aftermath that his time had come. The Splash Brother is shooting just 38 percent from the field in the playoffs, something that must improve in the Finals. It means who will face the most backlash if their team falls short.
It will be a return bout between Stephen Curry of Golden State and LeBron James of Cleveland.
On Friday, Green discussed looking forward to facing the Cavaliers again and highlighted that it should be another competitive series, like last year's Finals that came down to Game 7.
Also this week for the Angels: vs. Minnesota at Angel Stadium, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:07 p.m., Sunday at 12:37 p.m.
"When you talk about Westbrook, he can't shoot the 3 like Kyrie". "You know kind of their style and familiar with that".
"With Kyrie, his versatility to score from all three levels (drive, mid-range pull-up and long distance), plus his ability to go either direction with his dribble, it makes it tough". "So you're doing all that for no reason". That's what makes it hard, more than how it affects our team.
This series could very easily go to seven games, though the Warriors will look to take advantage of the home-court advantage when they have it. But you can do all that stuff and it may not work.
Yes, that was a bad moment, but this is a good mindset for Curry to have.
"It's probably up there", he said. "He's so shifty and finds way to create space". They were simply too good for whatever LeBron and Cleveland could muster. "We have a gameplan for him and it should be fun". "I think my messaging is important, and I think we found the right balance where, I'll help out here but I'm not going to be on the sidelines during the games". The issue for them, quite frankly, is overall team-building with roster composition and Blake Griffin's difficult-to-discern ceiling as an elite 4 in the league with the questions surrounding his durability.